CCOM/MWU Students Shave Heads to Raise Money, Awareness for Childhood Cancer Research

The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) chapter at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) recently led a fundraising effort to raise money for childhood cancer research. In exchange for donations, the CCOM/MWU SOMA chapter enlisted more than 50 Midwestern University students to shave their heads at a charity event hosted by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a charitable organization committed to funding the most promising research in cures for childhood cancers.

KCUMB Announces Lower Tuition and Tablet-based Curriculum

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB) has announced that it will lower tuition by 1 percent and provide all of its students with an Apple iPad or iPad mini, effective fall 2013. According to Marc B. Hahn, DO, KCUMB Executive Vice President, Academic and Medical Affairs; Provost and Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCUMB-COM), lowering tuition is just one way that KCUMB is approaching student debt reduction. Dr. Hahn also commented that moving to a tablet-based curriculum, providing all students with iPads to facilitate this change, will increase sustainability efforts and give students and faculty a technological edge.

MU-COM Students to Receive $1 Million in Primary Care Scholarships

The Indiana Commission on Higher Education has announced that it will award up to $1 million in scholarships to Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) students who plan to practice primary care in Indiana’s medically underserved communities. MU-COM’s first class of osteopathic medical students will enter in fall 2013.

RVUCOM Hosts Its First ITLS Training Course

The Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) recently hosted its first International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) Course for its osteopathic medical students. Under the guidance of ITLS instructors, 16 students participated in a series of hands-on emergency trauma care training scenarios. ITLS is accepted internationally as the standard training course for pre-hospital trauma care. The program was sponsored by RVUCOM Student Chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP).

TouroCOM-NY Partners with Local Hospital to Address Adolescent Mental Health

The Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-New York (TouroCOM-NY), in partnership with  , St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, recently hosted a forum entitled “Adolescent Mental Health: A Triad of Intervention.” Approximately 50 students, faculty and staff from TouroCOM-NY, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, and the local medical community participated in the event, which included a keynote address from Madeline Zivian, MA, Project Director at the New York State Office of Mental Health, and a panel discussion on topics related to mental illness in children and adolescent.

VCOM-CC Partners with Spartanburg Regional to Open New Research Laboratory

On April 11, representatives of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System celebrated the grand opening of their new collaborative cancer and stem cell research laboratory at the Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute. The new 7,500-square foot research space features an open floor design to maximize shared equipment resources and workspaces.

VCOM-VC Student Selected as LMSA Political Chair

Monica Ruiz, a student at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) and Chair of VCOM-VC’s Hispanic Community Medical Outreach (HCMO), has been selected to serve as the new Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Southeast Political Chair. Ms. Ruiz was selected for this position during the LMSA National Conference in March. The conference focused on a variety of issues related to ways and means of ensuring health equity in the U.S. and trends in medically underrepresented minorities.

WCU-COM Student Invited to Join 2013 Paul Ambrose Scholars Program

Joshua Stake, a student at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCU-COM), has been recently announced as a 2013 Paul Ambrose Scholar. The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program is a highly competitive program that introduces health professions students to influential public health professionals, with the goal of preparing students for future leadership roles in addressing public health issues. As part of the program, Mr. Stake will attend a leadership symposium in Washington, DC with roughly 40 to 50 other program participants. Each scholar is also expected to conduct a community-based health education project. Mr. Stake’s project focuses on implementing best practices to prevent childhood obesity in the Hattiesburg, Mississippi, community. The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program is sponsored by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

WVSOM Hosts Community Health and Safety Fair

On April 27, the sports medicine and emergency medicine student clubs at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) hosted the WVSOM Health and Safety Fair. Event volunteers included WVSOM students and staff, as well as members of the Greenbrier Valley EMS, West Virginia State Police, Lewisburg Fire Department and Life Flight. The event featured helicopter, fire truck and ambulance tours, healthy eating and bicycle safety instructional activities, an obstacle course and fitness testing.
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